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- 1 hr 34 min
Berberian Sound Studio is a psychological thriller movie from 2012 directed by Peter Strickland. Starring Toby Jones as Gilderoy, a British sound engineer who travels to Italy to work on a horror movie. Guido Adorni plays Francesco, the film's director, and Antonio Mancino plays Santini, the film's producer. The movie is set almost entirely inside the sound studio where Gilderoy works on the film's audio.
The movie follows Gilderoy as he becomes increasingly disturbed by the violent and graphic content of the film he is working on. As he works to create sound effects for the movie, Gilderoy is also confronted with cultural differences and communication problems with the Italian crew. As the filming progresses, Gilderoy's sanity begins to unravel, and the line between reality and fiction starts to blur.
The film's strong point is the way it explores the process of sound design and movie-making. The director makes frequent use of close-up shots of sound equipment, tape reels, and sound effects to create a sense of immersion in Gilderoy's world. The movie's sound design and editing are exceptional, as the audience gets to hear subtle and gruesome sounds that make the atmosphere of the movie both stimulating and eerie.
In addition to the movie's style, Berberian Sound Studio's script also stands out. The film raises many questions regarding violence in movies and the filmmakers' accountability for people imitating what they depict onscreen. As a result, the film's characters all relate to one another and the studio the movie is produced as the narrative gets more opaque, and the story takes an unnerving turn.
The use of some violent and graphic scenes is common in horror films, and Berberian Sound Studio does not lack the participants' necessary elements. Although the movie shows gruesome scenes only in one part, the film fans will appreciate its unique storyline and careful handling of the genre's usual themes.
What makes the movie most engaging is its atmosphere. Strickland has done an exceptional job at creating an immersive and surreal world for the audience. The viewer gets to experience Gilderoy's perception of reality slowly unraveling as the studio's environment, and his colleagues' behavior becomes increasingly unsettling.
Jones, in the lead role of Gilderoy, does an outstanding job of portraying a man whose psyche is stretched to breaking point by the frequent horrors he's confronted with. His performance reflects what many sound designers go through during movie production, creating something that bursts open their emotional control. All actors in the movie present strong performances, with Mancino's interpretation of Santini standing out as a volatile and toxic character whose opinions and practices fuel Gilderoy's distraction.
In conclusion, Berberian Sound Studio is a brilliant movie for those who enjoy a psychological thriller with a unique vision. The movie's effectiveness comes from the director's sheer scope and how he manages to create a sense of constant tension and unease. The film can be slow for some film fans, but the slow, deliberate pace is essential to the movie's quality. It may not be for everyone, but those who appreciate slow-burning mysteries, bizarre storytelling and exceptional naturalistic performances will find Berberian Sound Studio to be genuinely unsettling, memorable, and thought-provoking.
Berberian Sound Studio is a 2013 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 34 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 80.